Sharpie Watercolor Painted Pumpkins

Paint pumpkins with a faux watercolor technique using Sharpie markers.

watercolor painted pumpkin I have a really fun pumpkin painting technique to share with you today. If you have been around here for a while, you will know that I might be slightly obsessed with pumpkin painting ideas. I just love a good painted pumpkin!

Today’s pumpkin painting technique is really easy… anyone can get great results, even if you have no idea how to watercolor. To make these watercolor pumpkins, here are the materials you will need:

sharpie pumpkin decorating supplies

Materials Needed

  • Plain White Craft Pumpkin
  • Sharpie Markers
  • Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
  • Plastic Bag
  • Medicine Dropper

I will write out the instructions, but be sure to watch the short video at the end of this post to see how it works. It is so fun to watch!

Step 1: Use the Sharpies to color splotches onto a plastic bag. The design doesn’t really matter, but you may want to think about how neighboring colors will look when blended together.

Step 2: Fill a medicine dropper with rubbing alcohol and carefully squirt drops onto the plastic bag. You’ll see that it makes the Sharpie ink start to run.

Step 3: Roll your pumpkin on top of the bag to transfer the wet ink to the pumpkin. You can also carefully lift the bag and press it around on the pumpkin once the initial really wet part has been transferred.

Step 4: Let the ink dry (it only takes a few minutes) and enjoy your cool watercolored pumpkin!




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easy watercolor painted pumpkins

I used a variation of this technique to tie dye a pair of canvas sneakers and they turned out so darling. I wear them all the time!


  1. […] Want to work on a quick yet fun project to make the most of your weekend? These painted pumpkins using sharpie watercolors are the best option out there! Also, this project is super kids-friendly as well as it does not involve any carving. All you need to do is follow along with some simple instructions to ace it. The required materials are a white craft pumpkin, sharpie markers, rubbing alcohol, a plastic bag, and a medicine dropper. thecraftpatch […]


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